PS3 Modchip Claims to Allow Game Backups

A few things are certain, right? One of those things so far has been that the PlayStation 3 doesn’t get hacked. Well, at least not yet.

Am Australian website, is claiming to have finally cracked the PS3′s protections. Using a USB dongle (that for all the world looks like a flash drive from Wal-Mart), they claim to be able to backup PS3 games to the hard drive for play.

There are a few videos on YouTube of this in action, but nothing really conclusive. Joystiq points out that,

“The OzModchips video appears to use a debug PS3 system, which has the capability to run unsigned code (including code from a USB drive) and load games from the hard drive without the use of any USB dongle. This doesn’t mean that the claims of PSJailbreak’s effectiveness are untrue, but it certainly calls them into question. Why use a debug system to prove functionality that already exists in a debug system?”

In response, the folks at OzModChips posted this video:

Note: This does not appear to be a debug unit at first glance, although it certainly could be one. There could also be a debug unit out of view of the camera providing the on-screen images.

Does it work? Well, there’s still no way to be sure. The video shows nothing but a PS3 with a thumb drive plugged in. You can’t see if the signal the TV is showing is from the PS3. The fonts look a bit suspicious, but we can’t make a substantive judgment either way.

One thing we do know: they’re DAMN expensive. At $170.00 a pop, I’d be real hesitant to be the guy who takes the plunge first on this one, especially since it will likely be patched out in a future firmware update from Sony. Even the sellers state that it is designed to work with the current firmware update (v. 3.41). Furthermore, they won’t offer any refunds if your device doesn’t work on any other firmware.

Additionally, its only function is to copy PS3 games onto a hard drive and play from there. It will not allow PS1 or PS2 games to be copied, and it won’t do anything with Blu-Ray movies either.

Oh, one other thing to keep an eye on from the OzModChips website: “If you pay via credit card, you credit card will be charged within 24 hours of placing the order. NOT when the order ships.” Yeah, I’d be real careful around this one, folks.

So, do you think it’s real? If it is, how long will it be before Sony does away with it?

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